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Dr. Nancy A. Irlbeck

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Associate Dean

Local Address: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • M.S.
  • Ph.D
  • Master's degree , animal nutrition
    Iowa State University
  • bachelor's degree , animal sciences
    Iowa State University
  • Ph.D. work , ruminant nutrition
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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LafeberVet Contributors «, 26 Nov 2013 [cached]
Nancy Irlbeck
Nancy A. Irlbeck, M.S., Ph.D is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Irlbeck received a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and a Master's degree in animal nutrition at Iowa State University. Her Ph.D. work in ruminant nutrition was completed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to her administrative appointment, Nancy served as a comparative animal nutritionist within the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. She also wrote a textbook entitled "Nutrition and Care of Companion Animals" which was used in many universities around the country. Dr. Irlbeck held an appointment with the School of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State where she taught Veterinary Feeds and Feeding for 14 years, and she has served as the consulting nutritionist for the Denver Zoo since 1992.
Read How to Feed the Small Herbivore Gastrointestinal Tract co-authored by Dr. Irlbeck.
Nancy Irlbeck
Animal Scientist Receives National USDA Award -- RAMLINE.COM, 11 Dec 1996 [cached]
FORT COLLINS--Nancy A. Irlbeck, Colorado State Universityassociate professor of animal sciences, recently received the1996 Excellence in College and University Teaching Award.
The award, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department ofAgriculture and the National Association of State Universitiesand Land-Grant Colleges, includes a stipend of $2,000 to be usedfor the improvement of teaching at the recipient's university.
Irlbeck's instructional courses include animal nutrition,feeds and feeding, feed formulation, pet nutrition, appliednonruminant nutrition, zoo nutrition and veterinary feeds andfeeding. In addition to organizing three "Women in Agriculture"seminars, Irlbeck facilitates summer freshman orientation for theCollege of Agricultural Sciences and established the College'sPeer Advisor Program.
Irlbeck's research focus is zoo nutrition. She is theconsulting nutritionist for the Denver Zoo.
The Comparative Nutrition Society: Board, 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Nancy Irlbeck, President Department of Animal Science Colorado State University Term: 2011-2012
Comparative Nutrition Society, 13 July 2012 [cached]
Nancy A Irlbeck, PhD Associate Dean of Academic Affairs College of Agricultural Sciences Colorado State University Fort Collins CO 80523 970.491.6274
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck speaks at a ... [cached]
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck speaks at a rapid clip, almost as if she is running out of time. - 12:27 am
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck speaks at a rapid clip, almost as if she is running out of time.
Surrounded by shelves of books, a desk piled high with paperwork, animal portraits and her scholarly degrees on the wall, Irlbeck cites forecasts for world population and food production needs that drive her work.
"We're on the threshold of disaster," she said this week from her office on the CSU Fort Collins campus. "We need to increase food production by 50 (percent) to 70 percent on less land with less resources, less water and, frankly, not enough technology."
Irlbeck, the associate dean of academic affairs for Colorado State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, is among a cast of 103 university faculty helping educate students as they prepare to deal with a world population expected to reach 9 billion to 11 billion people by 2050, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
For Irlbeck, agriculture has been a way of life since growing up as one of eight children on a family farm in Iowa.
Today, she tends to 150 sheep at her farm north of Fort Collins and knows to the penny how much it costs to raise one ewe for the year: $147.50. The figure is an increase over last year's $74 annual cost, brought on by the effects of a Texas drought and higher feed prices, she said.
Irlbeck walks the talk when it comes to knowing the details of her operation. As the person responsible for all things academic involving students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, her real-world knowledge often rubs off.
From there, students often help dictate course offerings in the college by seeking further education on the issues, Irlbeck said.
In a college with 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students, fine-tuning curriculum comes down to changing to meet the students' needs, Irlbeck said.
One example is the addition of the viticulture and enology concentration introduced in the college's department of horticulture and landscape architecture, she said.
"Agriculture for so many years has been looked down upon," Irlbeck said.
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck speaks at a rapid clip, almost as if she is running out of time.
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